articles by Tatsam Mukherjee

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The Girl On The Train, and the unsubtle art of setting Hindi remakes of foreign-language films abroad

One become strained to understand why 'Indianised' remakes need to be set outside India, especially when a majority of the cast is speaking in Hindi anyway.

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The Serpent review: Tahar Rahim's magnetic portrayal of Charles Sobhraj ensures Netflix series is bearable

Tahar Rahim's stone-cold, opaque performance in The Serpent is the only redeeming factor in a show that is easily forgettable.

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'Long-term goal is to set more stories in India': Anand Gandhi opens up on Hotstar series OK Computer

Before the release of Ok Computer, Gandhi sat down for a short conversation to reflect on the decade gone by, the present circumstances, and what the near-future might hold for us.

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1232 kms review: Vinod Kapri's documentary on migrant labourers lays the truth bare

In a country, where most news channels with far-reaching impact have let this crisis unfold in the background without any coverage, 1232 Kms lies in an enviable position without a contemporary film tackling a similar theme.

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In Burqa Boxers, playing on Cinemapreneur, girls find their groove by entering the boxing ring

In Alka Raghuram's Burqa Boxers, set in the Kalighat neighbourhood of Kolkata, a handful of young girls vent their frustration with society inside a boxing ring.

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In Sonny Singh's solo album Chardi Kala, a juxtaposition of eternal optimism and speaking truth to power

The Brooklyn-based musician discusses the themes of his solo album, and drawing musical inspiration from kirtans and shabads.

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Over-censorship or welcome classification? What 'Intermediary Rules 2021' will mean for future of OTT content

While experts are expressing concern about the new OTT content rules infringing on right to privacy and freedom of expression, filmmakers/showrunners, who (mostly) had a free hand on streaming spaces, are taking note of what they may or may not be able to say in the near future.

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Vadham, MXPlayer Tamil series led by Sruthi Hariharan, overplays its 'masculine' female cop

Vadham is such a 'safe' show that one might even look at the female protagonist as a token character.

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On Valentine's Day, revisiting ten 'love' moments in Hindi films, from The Namesake to Laal Kaptaan

This list attempts to take a broader look at a moment of shared intimacy, which might not necessarily be just about expressing love, but even reminisce about its beauty.

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How Arati Kadav plans on shaping genre filmmaking within the confines of Hindi cinema

Kadav is quickly becoming that filmmaker who dabbles in genres, Hindi cinema rarely makes an effort to accommodate. Her voice has a distinct whimsicality to it.

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Space Sweepers movie review: South Korean film on Netflix seems unaware of its B-movie potential

Space Sweepers could have tried being an 'authentic' Korean film, set in space. But its English-speaking villain comes off as a ploy to leverage on the thriving K-pop culture in the West

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Bliss movie review: Owen Wilson, Salma Hayek's film isn't inventive enough for 'no logic but magic' genre

Somewhere in there, there's a remarkable film about an absent father trying to make good with his daughter. Unfortunately, that's submerged by director Mike Cahill's distracted approach to make the film 'palatable'.

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AK vs AK writer Avinash Sampath decodes film's hybrid genre, and how the screenplay evolved over six years

AK vs AK was always intended as primarily a thriller. I don't think we were on a high horse about showing a mirror to anyone," says Avinash Sampath.

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'It's easy to call anything problematic': Richa Chadha on outrage against Madam Chief Minister, Section 375

"You have to leave enough room for all kinds of films to be made. We'll never have a contrarian point of view if such films aren't made," says Richa Chadha.

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HBO documentary on Tiger Woods finishes with an underwhelming feeling despite noble intentions

Tiger only manages a perfunctory portrait of a champion, who went through the beats of being a disgraced celebrity, to charting a phenomenal (and improbable) comeback.

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From Harshvardhan's cameo in AK vs AK to Fatima Begum in Gulabo Sitabo, on-screen moments that helped us survive 2020

2020 has truly been a miserable year. Maybe, that's why it's all the more important to find our silver linings in an otherwise bleak 12 months

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Cinema in the time of a pandemic: Why 2020 belonged to the platform-agnostic creator

From Gulabo Sitabo taking the route of digital release, to Achint Thakkar's overnight stardom, the entertainment industry experienced a complete shakeup, as OTT platforms took centre-stage for a captive audience.

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Criminal Justice: Behind Closed Doors review — Kirti Kulhari, Pankaj Tripathi's show tries too hard to come off as realistic

Criminal Justice: Behind Closed Doors flirts with the notorious brand of 'realistic' that traverses the line of exploitative and vulgar.

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Streaming platforms are picking up canned Hindi films for release — increased watching appetite or long-term strategy?

With no big-ticket theatrical release in sight this year, and fewer A-list films available to the relatively smaller players, do not be surprised if you see yet another unreleased film streaming near you.

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Dark 7 White review: Sumeet Vyas' show is thoroughly convinced about its inability to engage with the viewer

The ALTBalaji and ZEE5 show could have passed off as pulpy if it somehow managed to even exhibit the minimum IQ points for a 'political thriller.'